There is a scene in a movie where for some reason the actor could not show up on the day. So for that scene, a photograph of the actor was used instead, held in front of the camera and moved about appropriately within the frame. It was moved to suggest the action of a character walking down the street. Pretty funny. Absurd even, that such measures were taken to make that reality seem believable.
This glorious story is told by Nathan Pohio. And under the mantle "Phantasmagoria", this young artist continues his exploration of two of his favourite subjects: the idea of the moving image, and the construction of reality in cinema.
He has restricted himself to the space of the domestic interior, as he did in "Sleeper" from 1999. Using only that which surrounds him, he has held in front of his camera an old lenticular (or holograph-like) image of horses, and then carefully and very deliberately rocked it back and forth, up and down. Nathan's is film of gentle movement – full of tender grace and a painterly beauty. Intimacy becomes motion, focus becomes blurred – and everything feels a/drift in suggestion and association. Welcome to phantasmagoria: a headtrip, an apparition, a series of things shifting and seen as in a dream.
Nathan Pohio: selected works
Nathan would like to acknowledge the Creative New Zealand Screen Innovation Production Fund and Ngai Tahu Development Corporation.
Hutchinson's take on the phantasm is more akin to that of visual
fallacy. Untitled (Garden) is an augmented reality work, where virtual
objects are presented through hooded binoculars, in a viewing station
over real time.
Lonnie Hutchinson: selected works